Technology for technology’s sake is a waste of time, resources, and money. This is especially true of green technology! Often in our haste to become more efficient – whether through installing green roofs in improbable locations or implementing “eco-friendly” technology that ignores common sense and utility – we end up creating more waste. Does that mean there is no place for green technology in the Parkway City? Not at all! In fact, there is a prominent place – but only if it has a proven value and provides a measurable benefit for the community. Let’s see how we can seamlessly and efficiently integrate solar panels into the Parkway City.
The Parkway City seeks to balance the needs of the environment with the needs of city residents – helping people live better, more efficient lives. It’s difficult to do that in homes where the garage dominates, and the backyard is a mere afterthought. Current townhouse developments are paved testaments to our car-centric culture that put people second. We can’t make more land – but we can use the land we have much more efficiently and create comfortable homes that meet all of our needs.
Subdivisions with 40 – 50 foot frontages tend to be unsatisfactory for both detached homes and townhouses. With the current preference for two-car garages in the front of the house, the 50-foot detached lot does not markedly differentiate itself from the current townhouse. In other words, you’re not getting any more elbow room, even though you are in a less dense area.